Leaders Launch Bipartisan Effort To Redraw Congressional Lines
DENVER— Today, Senate President Brandon Shaffer (D-Longmont) and House Speaker-designee Frank McNulty (R-Highlands Ranch) announced the creation of a joint legislative committee to redraw Colorado’s congressional lines. The creation of the Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting is a bold, bipartisan step to bring fairness to what has in the past been a bitter partisan battle.
“We have a responsibility to serve the needs of the people of Colorado,” said President Shaffer. “Our work this session is far too important to be derailed by partisan distractions. This committee will help us fulfill our constitutional duty and allow the legislature to focus on the priorities of our constituents.”
“Colorado voters deserve a fair, open, and transparent process as House and Senate members look to redraw the lines of Colorado’s seven congressional districts,” Speaker-designee McNulty said. “Republicans and Democrats have taken a strong step in support of this process and we look forward to the good work of the committee and a generous amount of public input.”
The process of congressional redistricting, the drawing of legislative boundaries, and reapportionment, the reallotment of congressional seats, is mandated by both federal and state law and is a constitutionally mandated function of the legislature.
Nonpartisan Legislative Council staff will staff the Joint Select Committee and assist its members in analyzing the data from the Decennial Census. The Joint Select Committee will evaluate proposed maps, seek public feedback, and make recommendations to the General Assembly.
The Joint Select Committee is being formed under Joint Rule 41. The committee will have 10 members: five Democrats and five Republicans. The Speaker-designee and Senate President will each appoint 3 members, and the House and Senate Minority Leaders will each appoint 2 members. Appointments to the Joint Select Committee will be announced soon. The letter officially creating the Joint Select Committee will be signed on January 12th.